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Family-owned Holmes Bend, is the only marina on Green River Lake that offers houseboat rentals. Photo: Holmes Bend Marina and Resort
The sun goes down on a perfect day at Horse Cave KOA Holiday. Photo: Lee Huffman
Blue Tiny sits near the beach at Lake Cumberland Marina. Photo: Lake Cumberland Marina
The Dome Town experience. Photo: Victor Sizemore
Dome Town. Photo: Victor Sizemore

Holmes Bend Marina and Resort, Columbia 

The only marina on Green River Lake that offers houseboat rentals, family-owned Holmes Bend caters to everyone from serious fishermen to newlywed couples, and from families to reunion groups. 

The resort has beautiful houseboats to fit every size group and budget and also offers a large fleet of daily boat rentals, including pontoons, and party and fishing boats. Lodging options include cabins, condos and studios. Amenities are plentiful: playground, picnic pavilion, hiking trails, fishing pier, a sandy beach right in front of the cabins and a full-service marina. 

“There is something for everyone,” says owner Kelly Caldwell. 

Horse Cave KOA Holiday Conestoga Wagons 

Feel like settlers along the trail West, but without all that bone-rattling jouncing. These Conestoga wagons combine the sense of adventure of an Oregon Trail experience with all the comforts of home—comfy king-size bed and set of twin bunks; electricity and heat and air conditioning; small fridge, microwave—even a Keurig coffee maker. (Yes! The pioneers are spinning in their graves.) 

Overlooking the beautiful karst landscape of rural Kentucky, each wagon also has a patio and a fire pit families can gather around for roasting marshmallows, making s’mores and swapping ghost stories. PS: If you’re more Tarzan than trailblazer, there are treehouses perched up in the treetops. 

Lake Cumberland Marina, Russell Springs 

Check into a floating cabin at Lake Cumberland Marina, located in Wolf Creek on beautiful Lake Cumberland, and check out the breathtaking view: sparkling open water as far as the eye can see. 

“The marina has a beach located along this view with our lakeside cabins and primitive campsites,” says Karen Brown, assistant general manager. “It’s a family/community marina just waiting for you to join, make memories and experience a healthy dose of lake vitamin.” 

Besides the view, the marina has a launching ramp, beach area and friendly staff to help vacationers settle in. There are also water sports, fishing and coves to explore. 

Dome Town and Treehouse Village, Red River Gorge, Stanton 

Sleep in a sky bubble, a geodesic dome in Red River Gorgeous’ Dome Town; or in the luxury-level forest getaway called Tradewinds Treehouse, with its spring-fed hot tub. 

“Our domes and treehouses are a truly wonderful way to gain a new perspective on life, the forest and the healthy beauty of Kentucky,” says Amy Dourson. “It’s a unique and fantastically fun stay for all ages at a place that invites the imagination and feeling connected to the forest.” 

She and her husband, Aaron Dourson, own and operate Red River Gorgeous, and they work together with Django and Isabella Kroner, the owners of Canopy Crew, to create this high-in-the-sky, back-to-nature enclave in the midst of the Gorge. 

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